At the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings, the foundation continued to honor leaders in the profession and distinguished kidney patients.
Harry Senekjian, MD, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals for their educational activities and community service in promoting the mission of the NKF on a local level. Senekjian recently joined the clinical faculty of the University of Utah and is the chairman of the medical advisory board of the NKF of Utah and Idaho, a volunteer role he has held for the past 20 years.
Risa Simon has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Celeste Castillo Lee Patient Engagement Award. The award is the highest honor given by NKF to a distinguished kidney patient who exemplifies the foundation’s mission and Lee’s legacy of putting patients at the center of all aspects of health care through involvement with NKF and community partners. According to a press release, Simon is a preemptive kidney transplant recipient and is the founder and CEO of Simon Says Seminars Inc., The Proactive Path and the non-profit TransplantFirst Academy.
Angela Yee Moon Wang, MD, PhD, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Joel D. Kopple Award, which honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the area of renal nutrition. Wang is an international authority and a distinguished speaker on topics including renal nutrition, vascular calcification, cardiovascular disease and heart failure in chronic kidney disease and dialysis. Her research has revealed the integral connections between nutrition, kidney and heart health; and has elucidated the causes of protein-energy wasting syndrome, one of the most frequent and dangerous complications for patients with kidney failure.